You can achieve the appropriate weight for your BMI without having to do a ridiculous amount of exercising or food sacrificing. However, you do need to be fully committed to getting into shape so that you persevere to attain your fitness goals.
- Sleep at least seven hours every night – Skimping on sleep causes imbalances in your internal clock and hormones including those that influence your food choices. Remember that you still burn calories (about 69 calories per hour for a 160 pound person) when you are asleep.
- Eat less ’empty calories’ and more nutritious food, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts. Restricting your diet can slow down your metabolism and consequently your fat burning progress.
- Eat five to six small meals daily – Just make sure that each of your five or six meals are relatively small and not calorie packed.
- Do short high-intensity workouts; this helps your body burn fat faster than running at a steady pace for an hour.
- Change your regular dinner plate to a small blue one – studies have revealed that this colour has an appetite suppressing effect.
- Avoid alcohol as well as salty, greasy and sugary food. Remember to watch your calorie intake.
- Being thirsty or dehydrated makes your body think it’s hungry and you’ll end up eating when all you really need is a glass of water.